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November 24, 2008 4:10 PM

Google thinning its ranks of 10,000 (!!!) temps

Posted by Brier Dudley

The latest on Google cutting costs: It's letting go a bunch of the 10,000 contract employees. Maybe that's another reason it needs less room in Kirkland.

What's really amazing is that it employs that many temps -- that's basically one temp for every Google employee.

Silicon Valley Web Guild raised the layoff flag with a report saying Google layoffs -- 10,000 expected.

Then CNET's Stephen Shankland gave the context this afternoon, noting that it's already been reported that the company has that many contract employees, execs have stated publicly that it's too many and they're working on trimming the number and turning some into full-time employees.

I've asked if there's a geographic breakdown of the affected temps but I don't expect Google to provide specifics.

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